Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SC nod for 2-year uninterrupted leave for childcare

Dear Comrades,

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a woman employee of the central government can get uninterrupted leave for two years for childcare, which also includes needs like examination and sickness.

A bench of justices S J Mukhopadhaya and V Gopala Gowda set aside an order of the Calcutta HC which had held that the central civil services (leave) rules did not permit uninterrupted CCL (childcare leave) for 730 days.

"On perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C, it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children can avail CCL for a maximum period of 730 days i.e. during the entire service period for taking care of upto two children," it said.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by one Kakali Ghosh challenging the government's decision not to grant her leave of 730 days for helping her son prepare for examinations.

Source:-The Times of India


Dear Comrades,


Dear Comrades,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Schedule of PA / SA Examination (Paper I) : 27.4.2014 for Odisha

Dear Comrades,

Update as on April 14, 2014 
Schedule of Examination (Paper-I) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:  
Postal Circles Exam Date Exam Time
Delhi (15), Kerala (22), Rajasthan (28)              27-Apr 02:00PM to 04:00PM
Assam (12), Chhattisgarh (14), North East (25), Odisha (26)              27-Apr 10:00AM to 12:00NOON
Candidates may download the Admit Cards for above stated Postal Circles by Logging into the website from today to exam date.Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.
Update as on April 13, 2014
Tentative schedule for Postal Circle wise exams is as follows:
Exam Date Postal Circles
27-April              Assam (12), Chhattisgarh (14), Delhi (15), Kerala (22), North East (25), Odisha (26), Rajasthan (28)
04-May              Jharkhand (20)

Best Wishes to all on the eve of Odia Nava Barsha on the day of Maha Vishuva Sankranti

Dear Comrades,

Pana Sankranti (Oriya: ପଣା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି), (Hindi: पणा संक्रांति) or Maha Vishuva Sankranti(Sanskrit:Maha Vishuva Sankramana), also known as Mesha Sankranti and Pana Sankranti, is celebrated as the Odia New Year.

The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Hindu Solar Calendar. On this day the sun enters the sidereal Aries or Mesha Rashi. It generally falls on 14/15 April. The spring season is at its zenith during this period, and the summer is approaching. The date is calculated as per Sidereal astrology.

Maha Vishuva Sankranti is similar to the New Year festivals observed elsewhere in India such as Baisakhi (Punjab), Bihu (Assam), Juir Sheetal (Mithila), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Bisu Parba (Tulu Nadu region in Karnataka), Vishu (Kerala), and Puthandu (Tamil Nadu).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Notification for holding of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I 2014 on 15.06.2014 issued by Directorate

Dear Comrades,

Notification for holding of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Postmaster Grade-I 2014 on 15.06.2014 issued by Directorate.

Meeting of the Federal Executive of NFPE shall be held on 1st June, 2014

Dear Comrades,

CHQ: 1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi - 110001
Ref: PF-01(b)/2014        Dated – 09.04.2014
It is hereby notified in accordance with Article 12 of the Constitution of NFPE that the meeting of the Federal Executive of National Federation of Postal Employees shall be held at NFPE Office, 1st Floor North Avenue Post office Building New Delhi – 110001 on 1st June, 2014 (Sunday). The meeting shall commence at 11 A.M. All Office Bearers and General Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting. The following shall be the agenda for discussion in the meeting.
1.      Confirmation of the Minutes of Last Federal Executive meeting held at NFPE office on 24.11.2013.
2.      Presentation of Organisational Report by Secretary General.
3.      15 Point Charter of Demands of Confederation - implementation of decision taken by Confederation.
4.      7th Pay Commission, Terms of Reference, Memorandum and all related issues.
5.      Progress on pending Postal Demands – Review
6.      Organsational Review.
7.      Financial Review
8.      Any other item with the permission of the Chair.
Yours fraternally,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Copy to: -
1.      The D. G. Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
2.      All the office bearers of NFPE and all General Secretaries.
3.  Chief Postmaster General: Andhra Circle, Hyderabad – 500001/Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle, New Delhi – 110001 / Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai – 600002/Chief Postmaster General, U. P. Circle, Lucknow – 226001 /  Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Circle, Kolkata – 700012 / Director PLI Kolkata – 700001 – They are requested to grant Special Casual Leave to the Office Bearers / General Secretaries for attending the Federal Executive Committee Meeting at New Delhi on 1st July 2014.

Meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at New Delhi on 31st May 2014

Dear Comrades,

1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Dated – 09.04.2014
A meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at New Delhi on 31st May 2014 (Saturday) at ITEF Central Head Quarters (Rajouri Garden), New Delhi. The meeting will commence from 11.00 AM and continue till close. The following shall be the agenda of the meeting. All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting in time.
1.      15 Point Charter of Demands – Agitational programme and campaign – Future course of action.
2.      7th CPC and Terms of Reference – our stand thereof.
3.     Preparation of Memorandum to be submitted to 7th CPC on common demands of Central Government Employees.
4.      Organisational Review.
5.      Financial Review
6.      Any other item with permission of the chair.
Yours fraternally,
(M. Krishnan)

Secretary General

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FinMin not stamping postal bank plan : Two key depts in ministry cold to rationale for one; postal dept says it's more eligible than IDFC or Bandhan, feels 'strong lobby' scuttling its plans

Dear Comrades,

India Post might not find it easy to make its hoped-for banking foray if the Union finance ministry has its way.
The department of financial services (DFS) in the ministry fears the proposed postal bank might turn out to be yet another government bank, competing with other public sector lenders. Another hurdle is the ministry's department of expenditure, yet to approve the Rs 600 crore of funds needed for setting up the bank.

India Post sources said there was a "strong lobby" working against it, complaining it has been denied a bank licence despite having a bigger network of branches than either IDFC or Bandhan, the two entities that have got an in-principle nod for one from the Reserve Bank of India.

  • RBI says it will also consider an application from India Post. It will, however, be under a separate process, to be carried out in consultation with the government
  • Public Investment Board under the expenditure department of the finance ministry yet to approve Rs 600 crore for the postal bank
  • Department of financial services against entry of another state lender
  • India Post feels it is better placed than IDFC and Bandhan for a bank licence

India Post needs about Rs 1,800 crore as initial capital investment in the proposed bank. It has asked the ministry to provide for Rs 623 crore; the rest it says it will raise from the market. Of this, Rs 500 crore is needed as initial paid-up capital. The department of posts (DoP) has been trying to get approval from the Public Investment Board under the expenditure department for this but due to the general elections, the matter will be considered by the next government.

DFS has already made its stand clear. It says it would not be wise to have another clone of public sector banks (PSBs) at a time when the thinking is that the existing 25 state-owned lenders should be consolidated to achieve economies of scale. Concerns have also been raised on various logistics like the lack of skilled personnel and little experience in handling universal banking operations.

"RBI had sought DFS' views on the importance of a postal bank in financial inclusion and the department had said there are already too many PSBs in the space and bringing another one would not make sense," said a finance ministry official who did not wish to be identified.

On whether India Post was "fit and proper" to run a bank, he said the call would ultimately be taken by RBI. The expenditure department was separately looking into the capital requirements but there are some issues there, the official added.

The high-level advisory committee set up by the RBI to look into the bank licence applications had recommended the central bank consider India Post's application separately, in consultation with the government. RBI had agreed to do so.

A senior DoP official said the department knew the finance ministry was not in favour of its application, while RBI was willing to consider it. "RBI knows that unless we have the government's backing, their giving us a licence doesn't mean anything, as part of the government, we do not have the ability to shell out Rs 500 crore capital on our own to start a bank," he said.

On condition of anonymity, he said it was a "wait and watch" game for the department. "We are hoping that when the new government comes, they will have a different view on it."

The official said RBI had not contacted the department formally about any of the concerns raised.

The issues highlighted during a meeting two months earlier included the fact that DoP did not have the experience to handle credit and India Post was a loss making entity. "But, we think we are very well prepared," the official said. Which organisation has had such a long record of handling money, with almost 290 million accounts, the person asked.

"IDFC doesn't have that experience. Neither does Bandhan, the microfinance institution which has got the licence," he said.

India has the largest postal network in the world, with 155,015 post offices, of which 139,144 (89.8 per cent) are in rural areas. DoP posted a loss of Rs 5,805 crore in 2011-12. Bandhan has 2,016 branches, a little more than half of which are in eastern and northeastern parts. It earned a profit of Rs 200 crore in 2012-13. IDFC earned a profit of Rs 1,836 crore in 2012-13.

The official said there was a very strong lobby working against the department; they knew a postal bank would give tough competition to the existing banks. "So, it's all a bogey. If you give it on merit, we are the number one."

The official added the department was best placed to meet the agenda of financial inclusion, as existing banks had always considered it a "burden".

Recently, minister for communications Kapil Sibal had said they were trying hard to persuade the finance ministry to get Rs 623 crore cleared. Only after the latter approves will it be put before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

"Whether India Post is to be considered needs to be deliberated upon and if so, the circumstances and conditions involved and what more is required to enable it to discharge this function," Financial Services Secretary G S Sandhu had told Business Standard in an interview recently.

His predecessor, Rajiv Takru, had indicated there were several challenges for India Post to set up a bank. "A bank is not set up in a hurry. As far as we are concerned, India Post has been the brainchild of the postal department but we have been doing banking for years. We have some idea on how difficult it is to set up a bank. It's not a passing fancy. A bank needs to have several functions in place such as risk management, credit and treasury," he had said.

Postal dept asked to pay Rs 3 lakh for opening joint PPF a/c

Dear Comrades,

A consumer forum here has asked the postal department to pay Rs 3 lakh to a couple for opening their joint account under the Public Provident Fund Scheme.

Forum president Umesh Jhavalikar and member N D Kadam in their order stated that the Department of Posts had not apprised the complainants about the PPF regulations and permitted them to open a joint account, and since the last 13 years did not make any effort to rectify the mistake.

The department also refused payment of interest to the complainant on their investment of Rs 3,37,300 and this amounts to deficiency in services, the forum observed.